Senior citizens who need help with daily chores and personal care may feel that their only option is to move into a nursing care facility. However, for many a better choice may be an assisted living center. At these facilities, residents live in private, one-bedroom apartments with staff on hand to help with those tasks that seniors can no longer accomplish on their own. These include such things as bathing and personal hygiene, dressing, getting about the facility and reminders to take medications. Residents are typically not permitted to cook in their apartments, with regular meals offered in community dining halls. Free to come and go as they please, residents who wish to are also usually allowed to park their personal vehicles on the property.
On average, residents in Lakewood, Ohio assisted living facilities pay $2,675 per month in basic fees. This covers rent, meals and staff assistance but does not include such optional services as laundry, hair care and transportation services. At just over $32,000 per year, this is quite a bit lower than the state average of $44,000 annually. Each facility determines its own cost structure, so it is important that seniors make sure they fully understand what their residency will cost when choosing the right senior living center.
Lakewood offers senior citizens several assisted living centers from which to choose. The city is located on the southern shores of Lake Erie, just 10 minutes from downtown Cleveland. With 150 acres of green-space throughout the city, Lakewood offers a number of parks for outdoor recreation. Lakewood Park is one of Ohio’s largest lakefront parks, boasting a promenade providing a panoramic view of downtown Cleveland. The park also offers a concert stage, six tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool.
There are four art galleries in the city, and the Beck Center for the Arts offers concerts, theatrical productions and other events throughout the year. The Winchester Music Hall also hosts several musical events each year, and there is a vibrant club scene on Madison Avenue and Detroit Avenue for seniors who enjoy some night life.
Two hospitals serve the residents of Lakewood. The Cleveland Clinic opened a satellite facility, Lakewood Hospital, in 2005, giving residents easier access to it’s world-renowned medical care. Grace Hospital is a long-term acute care facility, assisting residents recovering from illnesses or injuries to complete their rehabilitation and move back to their own homes.
Both the Lawther Center and the Senior Center East serve Lakewood’s older residents, offering activities, classes and creative outlets. The centers’ intergenerational programs give seniors the opportunity to work with the area’s children and youth. Staff members are available to help seniors connect with the community, state and federal assistance they may need.
There is limited public transportation available in Lakewood. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transport Authority (GCRTA) runs some bus lines in town and does offer a rapid transit line into downtown Cleveland. The city has built numerous bike paths throughout town and nearly all streets have sidewalks.
Lakewood offers many amenities to its senior citizens. A quiet town near a large city, its residents enjoy a wide array of activities and programs. Cost of living is relatively low, making Lakewood a good choice for seniors.